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J. Marshall Shepherd

Georgia Athletic Association Professor
Director for Program in Atmospheric Sciences
2013 President, American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Email: marshgeo@uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-0517
Fax: 706-542-2388
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 107

Research Interests

Atmospheric sciences, climatology, water cycle processes and urban climate systems


Notes for Prospective Students

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in the area of weather, climate, and related sciences. He is the Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Geography at the University of Georgia (UGA) and Director of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program. Dr. Shepherd is the current President of American Meteorological Society (AMS).
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd joined the Department of Geography in January 2006. Prior to joining the UGA faculty, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a research meteorologist in the Earth-Sun Division at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Shepherd was also Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, which launches in 2014.  He is a Full Professor conducting research and teaching in atmospheric sciences, climatology, water cycle processes and urban climate systems. Dr. Shepherd is currently a member of the NASA Precipitation Science team. For his pioneering work using satellite data to investigate urban hydroclimate processes, Dr. Shepherd received the highest federal award given to the Nation’s young scientists and engineers. President Bush honored him on May 4th 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) for pioneering scientific research.  Dr. Shepherd is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Shepherd has also been recognized by the AMS with its Charles Anderson Award for his career contributions in the areas of diversity.
Dr. Shepherd has nearly 80 publications in high-impact journals, edited volumes, and international/federal reports.  His research findings have been presented at well over 60 national and international conferences, and he has been invited to deliver over 100 presentations at colloquia, briefings, or public venues. Dr. Shepherd is the author of forthcoming textbook, The Urban Climate System, and co-authored a children’s book on weather and weather instruments.
NASA, U.S. Forest Service, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency have funded Dr. Shepherd’s research. Dr. Shepherd is a member of the Association of American Geographers and currently serves as climate editor for the forthcoming AAG Encyclopedia of Geography. He is also a member of the American Geophysical Union, National Weather Association, and the International Association of Urban Climatology. He is the AMS Representative to the International Forum of Meteorological Societies.
Dr. Shepherd currently serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Expert Committee. He has also served on National Science Foundation Advisory/Visiting Committees and the Department of Energy ARM Science Board.  He was a member of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization steering committee on aerosols and precipitation, 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 contributing author team, the NOAA Climate Working Group, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel considering the security implications of climate change on U.S. Naval operations, and a NAS Committee on Urban Meteorology. Dr. Shepherd is a Project Associate for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project and past editor for both the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and Geography Compass, respectively. Dr. Shepherd was also instrumental in leading the effort for UGA to become the 78th member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Dr. Shepherd is also frequently is called upon by the White House, Congress and major media outlets such as CNN, CBS Face the Nation, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, and others to discuss weather and climate issues. He has also written several editorials for the Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and numerous other outlets and has been featured in Time Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and NPR Science Friday. He is also a contributing author to Ebony Magazine.
Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University.  He was the first African American to receive a PhD from the Florida State University Department of Meteorology, one of the nation’s oldest and respected. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the National Board of Directors of the FSU Black Alumni Association. In his spare time, Dr. Shepherd is an avid sports fan and also enjoys fitness training. Dr. Shepherd is also an audio-video-home theater enthusiast, scrabble expert, and CD collector.  Dr. Shepherd is originally from Canton, Georgia. 


  • Ph.D. (1999) Florida State University Physical Meteorology
  • Master of Science (1993) Florida State University Physical Meteorology
  • Bachelor of Science (1991) Florida State University Meteorology

Grant Support

09/01/2011-08/31/2012 (0 month)

NASA, The Brown Ocean Concept: A spatio-temporal and theoretical analysis of re-intensifying tropical cyclones over land. PI with graduate student Theresa Andersen (UGA Budget, $28,400).

04/01/2010-03/31/2013 (1 month)
NASA, Influence of Humans on Precipitation Variability, Climate, and the Water Cycle:  Preparing for the  GPM era. PI with co-PIs S. Burian and Menglin Jin (UGA Budget, $406,343).

08/10/10-07/31/13 (0.5 month)
NASA, Using geospatial data and field investigations to monitor effects of climate change on birds along elevational and latitudinal gradients Co-Investigator with J. Hepinstall, M. Conroy, R. Cooper (UFA Budget, $449,765).

10/01/08-10/01/11(1 month)
Department of Energy/SRNL, FY 2009-FY2012, Project Title: Integrated Hydrologic/Hydrodynamic Modeling System for Collection of Pollutant Signatures. Co-Investigator with A. Grundstein (PI), J. Bollinger, T. Mote, T. Rasmussen, and others (UGA Budget, $750,000).

08/01/10-07/31/12 (0.0 month)
U.S. Forest Service, Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the Southeast U.S and Africa. Principal Investigator (UGA Budget, $15000).

10/01/09-07/31/12 (0.5 month)
U.S. Forest Service, Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the Southeast U.S. Co-Investigator (UGA Budget, $22000).

03/01/07-03/01/11 (1 month)
NASA Headquarters, FY 2006-2009, Impact of Humans on Precipitation Variability.  Principal Investigator with co-investigators S. Burian (University of Utah) and M. Jin (University of Maryland) (UGA Budget, $390,000).

06/01/09-05/31/11 (no salary)
U.S. Forest Service, Regional Climate Simulations of Southern Forests. Co-Investigator with T. Mote (UGA Budget, 130K).

04/01/09-08/31/11 (no salary)
U.S. Forest Service, Evaluation of WRF Model for SHRMC Activities. Co-Investigator with T. Mote (UGA Budget, 30K).

07/01/09-06/30/12 (no salary)
National Science Foundation, Creating a Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to enhance the climate sciences pipeline of minority students from high school to graduate levels. Co-PI with L.  Giroux and M. Raphael (UGA Budget, $58,418).

Pending Grants

08/01/2012-07/31/15 (1.0 month)
NASA, Urban-Snowfall Relationships. PI with Co-I Mote, M. Jin, and D. Robinson. (UGA Budget, $892,805)

08/01/2012-07/31/15 (1.0 month)
NASA, Combining satellite data and models to assess the impacts of urbanization on the continental United
States surface climate. Co-I with L. Bounana, M. Imhoff, D. Quattrochi, et al. (UGA Budget, $170,687).

08/01/2012-07/31/15 (0.5 month)
NASA, Multisensor/multiscale diagnosis of the urbanization impact on the Indian monsoon rainfall
Co-I with D. Niyogi et al. (UGA Budget, $134,602).          

08/01/2012-07/31/15 (1.0month)
NASA, Urbanization and its impact on water resources vulnerability in the East Gangetic Plains of South Asia
Co-I with C. Mitra, F. Hossain, M. Jin, and D. Niyogi et al. (UGA Budget, $175,459).          

09/01/2012-08/31/2017 (1.0 month)
HHS, Southeast Center for Climate, Oceans, and Human Health. Co-I with several investigators (PI: E. Lipp). (UGA Budget, $6,493,497)

04/01/12-03/31/13 (0.5 month)
NASA, Multi-Scale Drought Impacts on Southern Appalachian Headwaters: Accounting for the combined
effects of drought and exotic pest defoliation in support of resource management. Co-I with Marguerite
Madden, Tommy Jordan, Sergio Bernades, and Tom Mote (UGA Budget, $155,139)

08/01/11-07/31/14  (0.75 month)
NASA, Expanding the Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to support NASA’s STEM mission to entrain minority students and teachers in the climate sciences.  UGA PI with Co-I Thomas L Mote, PI D. Padgett (TSU), L.A. Dupigny-Giroux (Vermont), and M. Raphael (UCLA). (UGA Budget, $241, 853).

 Past Funded Grants

 2006-2009-NASA, FY 2006-2009, Impact of Humans on Precipitation Variability.  Principal Investigator with
co-investigators S. Burian (University of Utah) and M. Jin (University of Maryland) (UGA Budget, $390,000).

2010-Franklin College, Franklin Visiting Scholars Program. Travel grant for Dr. Dupigny-Giroux (Vermont) to visit
UGA. ($1000).

2008-1010-NASA, Water and Energy Cycle, An observational and modeling study of a rare tornadic storm in a
major central business district:  Possible linkages to drought and urban land cover. Principal Investigator with co-Investigator D. Niyogi (Purdue) (UGA Budget, $45,632).

2007-2009-Defense Threat Reduction Agency, FY 2006-2008, Urban Enhancements to Meteorological Modeling
and Observations. Co-Investigator with S. Burian (University of Utah) and M. Jin (University of Maryland) (UGA Budget, $85790).

2008-2009-US Forest Service, Assessing air quality and perceptions of environmental hazards in the Newtown
Community:  A prototype UGA-U.S. Forest Service Initiative on environmental justice and green space engagement. Principal Investigator with co-Investigators T. Mote, N. Heynen, and C. Johnson (UGA Budget, $7895).

2006-2007-Northeast Georgia Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) 2006-07
Improving Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics at the Undergraduate Level, 2006-2007, Enhancing Climate Change Science Education Through Inquiry-Based Concepts and Real-World Simulations Co-Investigator, Robert Hill (UGA COE) ($7790).

2006-2008-NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Science Support for the Development of The NASA
Global Precipitation Measurement Mission’s Science Implementation Plan and Continuing Precipitation Science Team Activities ($55,000).

2006-2007-NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Developing a Framework for Understanding the
Titanian Methane Cycle using Remote Sensing Techniques Developed for Studying Earth’s Water Cycle. PI: Dr. Marshall Shepherd (UGA), Co-I: Terence Doiron/GSFC/555, Co-I: Chris Ruf/University of Michigan ($75,000 in FY06 with possible FY07 extension, UGA Budget $5120).

2006-2007-NASA Headquarters. Extension of PECASE funding. The Impact of Urbanization on Climate:
Integrated Modeling to Couple urban growth, land use change and weather-climate ($106,974).

2003-2006-NASA Headquarters. Research Opportunities for Precipitation Measurement Missions:
Understanding the Impact of Urbanization on Short and Long Term Precipitation Variability and Land Surface Hydrologic Processes  ($275,000).

2003-2006-NASA NRA-02-OES-05 Research Opportunities for Precipitation Measurement Missions. The Impact of Precipitation Measurement Missions on Hydrologic and Water Resource Predictions. Co-I with PI C.P. Lidard (GSFC) and CO-I A. P. Georgakakos (Ga. Tech) (Unfunded co-PI).

2003-2005-NASA Headquarters. Impacts of Urban Surfaces on Rainfall Modification using Space-Based Rainfall Measurement, Numerical Models Simulations, and High-Density Gauge Validation:  Science Impact, Applications, and Policy Implications. NASA New Investigator Program (300K/3 Years).

1999-2000-NASA GSFC. “Informal Science Education Supporting Weather Broadcasters On-Air with TRMM “Mini-Education Supplements” awarded by GSFC Director’s Discretionary Fund (25K per year).

1994-1995- NASA Headquarters. Co-Investigator on proposal with Dr. Gerald Heymsfield and Dr. Brad Ferrier on research related to remote sensing of tropical mesoscale convective systems

Of Note

  • 2013 - Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences (Inaugural for Social Sciences)
  • 2013 - President, American Meteorological Society
  • 2012 - President-Elect, American Meteorological Society
  • 2011 - Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Georgia
  • 2011 - Received the AMS Charles Anderson Award
  • 2011 - FSU Black Alumni Association Alumni of the Year
  • 2010 - Awarded tenure at the University of Georgia
  • 2010 - Nominated to attend 2010 UGA Teaching Academy Faculty Symposium
  • 2009 - Inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society**
  • 2007 - Contributing Author to Nobel Prize Winning IPCC AR4**
  • 2005 - Black Enterprise Magazine “Hot List”
  • 2005 - Network Journal Magazine “Forty under 40” recipient
  • 2004 - Recipient of Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)**
  • 2004 - NASA.GSFC Group Award for Contributions to the JASON Project
  • 2004 - Special Act Award (NASA OES)
  • 2003 - Peer Award for Scientific Research
  • 2002 - Recipient of NASA New Investigator Program Award
  • 2001 - Laboratory for Atmospheres Outreach Award
  • 2001 - NASA/GSFC Group Achievement Award
  • 2001 - Special Act Award for superior performance of a special act (Horizon team)
  • 2001 - Special Act Award for superior performance of a special act (Outreach Initiatives): NASA Performance. (FY03,FY00,FY98,FY97,FY96,FY95,FY94)
  • 1999 - 1st African American to receive PhD in Meteorology from Florida State University**
  • 1999 - NASA/GSFC Special Act Award for superior performance
  • 1999 - NASA/GSFC Group Achievement Award-AGS Imager Team
  • 1987 - 1993American Meteorological Society (AMS)/TRW Industry Fellow
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow Competition (Honorable Mention)
  • Dolores Auzene Fellow (FSU).
  • Leslie N. Wilson Assistantship Recipient (FSU)
  • National Achievement Scholar
  • American Geological Institute Scholar
  • Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorology Honorary
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary
  • Who's Who Among College Students
  • Outstanding College Student of America
  • 1990 - National Collegiate Forecast Winner (Burlington, VT period).
  • 1987 - High School Valedictorian, Cherokee High School

Selected Publications

Books Authored or Co-Authored
2013 Shepherd, J.M. Under contract with Wiley for a textbook entitled, The Urban Climate System.
2012 National Research Council Committee on Urban Meteorology, 2012: Urban Meteorology: Scoping the 
problem, Defining the Need (included J.M. Shepherd). The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13328.
2011 National Research Council Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval 
Forces (includes J.M. Shepherd), 2011: National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 226 pp. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12914
2000 Bortz, F. and J.M. Shepherd, 2000:   Dr. Fred’s Neighborhood Weather Watch. McGraw-Hill Publishers. 
98 pp.
Books Edited or Co-Edited
Chapters in Books
2013 Hossain, F., A.M. Degu, A.T. Woldemichael, W Yigzaw, C. Mitra, J.M. Shepherd, and AHM Siddique-E Akbor, 2013: Water Resources Vulnerability in the Context of Rapid Urbanization of Dhaka City (a South 
Asian Megacity). Climate Vulnerability. Ed. Roger Pielke. Elsevier, 1570 pp.
2013 Shepherd, J.M., 2013: Impacts of Urbanization on Precipitation and Storms: Physical Insights 
and Vulnerabilities. Climate Vulnerability. Ed. Roger Pielke. Elsevier, 1570 pp.
2010 **Shepherd, J.M., J.A. Stallins, M. Jin, and T.L. Mote, 2010:  Urban effects on precipitation and 
associated convective process. The Routledge Handbook of Human Ecology. Eds. Ian Douglas et al. Taylor and Francis Books, 688 pp.
2010 Shepherd, J.M., 2010:  Essay entitled “Urbanization and its effects on key atmospheric and 
surface water cycle.” In Principles of Water Resources, 3rd Edition by T. Cech. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 
546 pp.
2010 **Shepherd, J.M., W. Shem, M. Manyin, L. Hand, and D. Messen, 2010: Modeling Urban 
effects on the precipitation component of the water cycle. Invited chapter for the book: Geospatial Analysis and Modeling of Urban Environments. Eds. X. Yao and H. Jaing. Springer Book Series and GIScience, 445 pp.
2009 **Didier, T, P. Artaxo, S. Yuter, and Y. Kaufman with contributing authors J.M. Shepherd, Z Levin, U. Baltensperger, G. Feingold, 2009:  Chapter 5: Observational studies of the effects of aerosols on clouds and precipitation, Assessment of the Effects of Pollution on Precipitation. Eds. Levin, Z., and W. Cotton. Commissioned by The World Meteorological Organization/IUGG. International Aerosol Precipitation Science Assessment Group (IAPSAG). Springer. 386 pp.
2008 *Mitra C., Shepherd J.M., and Jordan T. R., 2008: Assessment and dynamics of the urban 
growth in the city of Kolkata, India. Eds. A.K. Dutt, V. Wadhwa, B. Thakur, and G.M. Pomeroy. Social Geography for the 21st Century. (Contract with) Concept Publishing Company. New Delhi (In Press).
2008 Reynolds, S., Burian, S., Shepherd, J.M., and Manyin, M., 2008: Chapter 7: Urban induced rainfall modifications on urban hydrologic response. In: Reliable Modeling of Urban Water Systems. Edited by W. James et al. Computational Hydraulics International. Guelph, Ontario, CA. pp. 99-122.
2008 **Hou, A.Y., G.S. Jackson, C. Kummerow, and J.M. Shepherd, 2008:  The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Precipitation: Advances in measurement, estimation, and prediction. Edited by Silas Michaelides. Springer. 540 pp.
2007 * and **Lead Authors:  Trenberth, K.E., P.D. Jones, P. Ambenje, R. Bojariu, D. Easterling, A. 
Klein Tank, D. Parker, F. Rahimzadeh, J.A. Renwick, M. Rusticucci, B. Soden and P. Zhai  Contributing Authors: R. Adler (USA), L. Alexander (UK, Australia, Ireland), H. Alexandersson (Sweden), R. Allan (UK), M.P. Baldwin (USA), M. Beniston (Switzerland), D. Bromwich (USA), I. Camilloni (Argentina), C. Cassou (France), D.R. Cayan (USA), E.K.M. Chang (USA), J. Christy (USA), A. Dai (USA), C. Deser (USA), N. Dotzek (Germany), J. Fasullo (USA), R. Fogt (USA), C. Folland (UK), P. Forster (UK), M. Free (USA), C. Frei (Switzerland), B. Gleason (USA), J. Grieser (Germany), P. Groisman (USA, Russian Federation), S. Gulev (Russian Federation), J. Hurrell (USA), M. Ishii (Japan), S. Josey (UK), P. Kållberg (ECMWF), J. Kennedy (UK), G. Kiladis (USA), R. Kripalani (India), K. Kunkel (USA), C.-Y. Lam (China), J. Lanzante (USA), J. Lawrimore (USA), D. Levinson (USA), B. Liepert (USA), G. Marshall (UK), C. Mears (USA), P. Mote (USA), H. Nakamura (Japan), N. Nicholls (Australia), J. Norris (USA), T. Oki (Japan), F.R. Robertson (USA), K. Rosenlof (USA), F.H. Semazzi (USA), D. Shea (USA), J.M. Shepherd (USA), T.G. Shepherd (Canada), S. Sherwood (USA), P. Siegmund (Netherlands), I. Simmonds (Australia), A. Simmons (ECMWF, UK), C. Thorncroft (USA, UK), P. Thorne (UK), S. Uppala (ECMWF), R. Vose (USA), B. Wang (USA), S. Warren (USA), R. Washington (UK, South Africa), M. Wheeler (Australia), B. Wielicki (USA), T. Wong (USA), D. Wuertz (USA), 2007: Observations: Surface and Atmospheric Climate Change. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Eds. Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 235-336.
Note: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared in the Nobel Prize (2007).
2007 **Imhoff, M., L. Bounani, and J.M. Shepherd, 2007:  The gray wave.  Our Changing Planet: A View from Space. Eds. Robin G. Williams, Kim Partington, Claire Parkinson, and Michael D. King. Cambridge University Press. 500 pp.
2007 **Smith, A., G. Asrar, Y. Furuhama, A. Ginati, C. Kummerow, V. Levizzani, A. Mugnai, K. Nakamura, R. Adler, V. Casse, M. Cleave, M. Debois, J. Durning, J. Entin, P. Houser, T. Iguchi, R. Kakar, J. Kaye, M. Kojima, D. Lettenmaier, M. Luther, A. Mehta, P. Morel, T. Nakazawa, S. Neeck, K. Okamoto, R. Oki, G. Raju, J.M. Shepherd, E. Stocker, J. Testud, and E. Wood, 2007: International Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program and mission: An overview. Measuring Precipitation from Space - EURAINSAT and the future. Eds. V. Levizzani, P. Bauer, and F. J. Turk. Springer, 611-653.
2004 Burian, S.J., J.M. Shepherd, and P. Hooshialsadat, 2004:  “Urbanization impacts on Houston rainstorms.” Innovative Modeling of Urban Water Systems. Monograph 12. Edited by W. James.  pp. 1-22.
2010 **Shepherd, J.M., J.A. Stallins, M. Jin, and T.L. Mote, 2010: Urbanization: Impacts on clouds, precipitation, and lightning. Monograph on Urban Ecological Ecosystems. Eds.  Jacqueline Peterson and Astrid Volder. American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America- Soil Science Society of America, 354 pp.
2003 Tao, W.-K., R. Adler, D. Baker, S. Braun, M.-D. Chou, M. Jasinski, Y. Jia, R. Kakar, S. Lamg, W. K.-M. Lau, B. Lynn, M. Karyampudi, Z.-X. Pu, J.M. Shepherd, J. Simpson, D. Starr, Y. Wang, W. Weinman and P. Wetzel, 2003: Regional scale modeling at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Recent Research Developments in Atmospheric Science. Research Signpost. Volume 2, 52 pp.
Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)
2014 2014 Maier, G., A. Grundstein, W. Jang, C. Li, L. Naeher, and M. Shepherd, 2014:  Assessing the 
performance of a vulnerability index during oppressive heat across Georgia. Weather, Climate, and Society, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-13-00037.1
2013 Mahmood, R.; R. Pielke, Sr., K. Hubbard, D.Niyogi, P. Dirmeyer, C. McAlpine, A. Carleton, R. Hale,  S. Gameda, A. Beltrán-Przekurat, B. Baker, R. McNider, D. Legates, J.M. Shepherd, J. Du, P. Blanken, O. Frauenfeld, U. Nair, and S. Fall, 2013:  Land cover changes and their biogeophysical effects on climate Int. J. Climatol. 10.1002/joc.3736
2013 Shepherd, J.M., T. Anderson, L. Bounoua, A. Horst, C. Mitra, and C. Strother, 2013:  Urban Climate Archipelagos:  A new framework for urban-climate interactions. IEEE Earthzine, published online at http://www.earthzine.org/2013/11/29/urban-climate-archipelagos-a-new-framework-for-urban-impacts-on-climate/.
2013 Shepherd, J.M., A. Grundstein, and T. Mote, 2013: An analysis of seasonal biases in satellite and reanalysis rainfall products in the Savannah River Basin. Physical Geography (In Press).
2013 KC, Binita, J.M. Shepherd, and C. Johnson, 2013: Spatio-Temporal Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability in Georgia. Weather, Climate and Society. (submitted).
2013 Andersen, T.K., and J.M. Shepherd, 2013:  3D mesoscale model-based assessment of the soil moisture feedback on an inland tropical cyclone. Atmospheric Research (in review).
2013 Schroeder, A. J. Basara, J.M. Shepherd, and S. Nelson, 2013:  Insights into urban flooding in the United States using precipitable water analysis. Weather and Forecasting (submitted).
2013 Johnson-Gaither, C., Himmelfarb, D., Hitchner, S., Schelhas, J., Shepherd, J.M., and KC, Binita: 2013, “Where the sidewalk ends”: examining the potential for climate change mitigation in Atlanta’s cascade community.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers (submitted).
2013 Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2013: A global spatiotemporal analysis of inland tropical cyclone
maintenance or intensification. Int. J. of Clim., DOI: 10.1002/joc.3693. Note: Featured in NASA Press Release.
2013 Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2013:  Floods in a changing climate. Geography Compass. 7, I, 95–115.
2013 Andersen, T., D.E. Radcliffe, and J.M. Shepherd, 2013: Quantifying Surface Energy Fluxes in the Vicinity of Inland-Tracking Tropical Cyclones. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (in press).
2013 Gustafson, S., N. Heynen, T. Gragson, J. Rice, J.M. Shepherd, and C. Strother, 2013: Megapolitan Political Ecology and Urban Metabolism in Southern Appalachia. Professional Geographer. (In Press)
2012 Shepherd, J.M., 2012: What we can learn from the satellite-based rainfall footprint of Superstorm Sandy: 
a preliminary synopsis. Earthzine. http://www.earthzine.org/2012/12/16/what-we-can-learn-from-the-
2012 Shem, W., T.L. Mote, and J.M. Shepherd, 2012:  Validation of Narccap climate products for forest resource applications in the southeast United States. Atmospheric Science Letters, 13,DOI: 10.1002/asl.395
2012 Hossain, F., A. Degu, A. Woldemicahel, W. Yigzaw, S. Burian, D. Niyogi, J.M. Shepherd, and R. Pielke, 
Sr., 2012: Climate Feedback–Based provisions for dam design, operations, and water management in the 21st century. J. of Hydrologic Engineering, 1-14.
2012 Zhao, Fang, J.M. Shepherd, 2012: Precipitation Changes near Three Gorges Dam, China. Part I: A Spatiotemporal Validation Analysis. J. Hydrometeor, 13, 735–745. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-11-061.1
2012 Carter, W.M., J.M. Shepherd, S. Burian, and I. Jeyachandran, 2012: Integration of lidar data into a coupled mesoscale-land surface model:  A theoretical assessment of sensitivity of urban-coastal mesoscale circulations to urban canopy. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/2011JTECHA1524.1
2012 Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2012: A global spatio-temporal analysis of inland tropical cyclone
maintenance or intensification. . International Journal of Climatology. (Accepted).
2012 Chang, I., M. Bentley, and J.M. Shepherd, 2012: Spatial distributions of localized rainfall rate maxima in intense tropical cyclones from the TRMM Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) data. International Journal of Climatology. (Conditionally Accepted).
2011 Mitra, C., J.M. Shepherd and T. Jordan, 2011: On the relationship between the pre-monsoonal rainfall climatology and urban land cover dynamics in Kolkata city, India. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2366 
2011 Shepherd, J.M., 2011: Carbon, Climate Change, and Controversy. Animal Frontiers, Vol. 1, http://www.animalfrontiers.org/2011/Vol1/003.pdf
2011 Shepherd, J.M., and T.L. Mote, 2011: Can Cities Create Their Own Snowfall?: What observations are 
required to find out? Earthzine, Special Urban Monitoring Theme Issue. http://www.earthzine.org/2011/09/06/can-cities-create-their-own-snowfall-what-observations-are-required-to-find-out/
2011 Shepherd, J.M., T.L. Mote, S. Nelson, S. McCutcheon, P. Knox, M. Roden, and J. Dowd, 2011: An 
overview of synoptic and mesoscale factors contributing to the disastrous Atlanta flood of 2009, Bull. of 
the Am. Meteor. Soc. 92, 861-870. doi: 10.1175/2010BAMS3003.1. Note: UGA issued a press release on this paper.
2011 Zhao, F., and J.M. Shepherd, 2011: Precipitation Changes near Three Gorges Dam, China-Part I: A 
Spatio-Temporal Validation Analysis. J. of Hydrometeor. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-11-061.1
2011 Niyogi, P. Pyle, M. Lei, S.Arya, C. Kishtawal, J.M. Shepherd, F. Chen, and B. Wolfe, 2011:  Urban
modification of thunderstorms: Urban Modification of Thunderstorms - An Observational Storm Climatology and Model Case Study for the Indianapolis Urban Region.. J. of Appl. Meteor. and Clim.,50, 1129-1144
2011 Hossain*, F. A. M. Degu*, D. Niyogi, S. Burian, J.M. Shepherd, R. Pielke Sr.(2011). Climate Feedback-based Considerations to Dam Design, Operations and Water Management in the 21st Century, ASCE J. Hydrologic Engineering, (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000541)
2011 Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2011:  Seasonal predictability of tornadic activity using antecedent soil 
moisture conditions. Earthzine, http://www.earthzine.org/2011/06/10/seasonal-predictability-of-tornadic activity-using-antecedent-soil-moisture-conditions/
2011 Mitra, C., T. Jordan, and J.M. Shepherd, 2011: Growth of Kolkata, India-Past, present, and future: a synergistic analysis using cartographic, GIS, remote sensing, and cellular automata modeling. Professional Geographer (Conditionally Accepted).
2011 Degu, A.M., F. Hossain, D. Niyogi, R. Pielke, J.M. Shepherd, N. Voisin, and T. Chronis, 2011: The influence of large dams on surrounding climate and precipitation patterns. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 38, doi: 10.1029/2010GL046482
2010 Shepherd, J.M., W.M. Carter, M. Manyin, D. Messen, and S. Burian, 2010:  The impact of urbanization on current and future coastal convection:  A case study for Houston. Environment And Planning , 37, 284-304.
2010 Jin, M., J.M. Shepherd, and W. Zheng,  2011: Urban Surface Temperature Reduction via the Urban Aerosol Direct Effect: A Remote Sensing and WRF Model Sensitivity Study. Advances in Meteorology, vol. 2010, Article ID 681587, 14 po. 2010. doi:10.1155/2010/681587.
2010 Mahmood, R., R. Pielke Sr., K. Hubbard, D. Niyogi, G. Bonan, P. Lawrence, B. Baker, R. McNider, C. McAlpine, A. Etter, S. Gameda, B. Qian, A. Carleton, A.B.-Przekurat, T. Chase, A. Quintanar, J. Adegoke, S. Vezhapparambu, G. Conner, S. Asefi, E. Sertel, D. Legates, Y. Wu, R. Hale, O. Frauenfeld, A. Watts, M. Shepherd, C. Mitra, V. Anantharajan, S. Fall, R. Lund, A. Nordfelt, P. Blanken, J. Du, H. Chang, R. Leeper, U. Nair, S. Dobler, R. Deo, and J. Syjtus, 2010:  Impacts of land use land cover change on climate and future research priorities. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91, 37-46.
2010 Han, W.S., Burian, S.J., and Shepherd, J.M. 2010:  Assessment of satellite-based rainfall estimates in urban areas in different geographic and climatic regions. Natural Hazards (published online, DOI 10.1007/s11069-010-9585-7).
2010 Stafford, S. G., D.M. Bartels, S. Begay-Campbell, J.L. Bubier, J. C. Crittenden, S.L. Cutter, 
J.L.Delaney, T.E. Jordan,  A. C. Kay, G.D.Libecap, J.C. Moore, N.N. Rababais, D. Rejeski, O.E. Sala, J.M. Shepherd, and J.Travis.  2010: Now Is the Time for Action: Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems. Environment:  Science and Policy for Sustainable
Development, 52: 1, 38-45 Doi: 10.1080/00139150903481882.
2010 Jordan, T. E.,  O. E. Sala, S. G. Stafford, D. M. Bartels,  S. Begay-Campbell, J. L. Bubier,  J.  C. 
Crittenden, S. L. Cutter, J. R. Delaney,  A. C. Kay,  G. D. Libecap, J. C. Moore, N. N. Rabalais, D.
Rejeski, J. M. Shepherd, A. Tessier, and J. Travis.  Tipping our Science: New NSF Report Recommends Interdisciplinary Approach to Study Natural and Social Systems. EOS, 91, 143.
2009 Kishtawal, C., D. Niyogi, M. Tewari, R. Pielke Sr., and M. Shepherd, 2009:  Urbanization signature in the observed heavy rainfall climatology over India.  International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2044. 
2009 **Shepherd, J.M., D. Niyogi, and T.L. Mote, 2009: A seasonal-scale climatological analysis 
correlating spring tornadic activity with antecedent fall-winter drought in the Southeastern United States. Environmental Research Letters. 4, 7 pp.   doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/4/2/024012. Note: UGA issued a press release on this paper.
2009 Seto, K., and J.M. Shepherd, 2009: Global urban land-use trends and climate impacts. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2009.07.012.
2009 Hand, L., and J.M. Shepherd, 2009:  An investigation of warm season spatial rainfall variability 
in Oklahoma City: Possible linkages to urbanization and prevailing wind. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 48, 251–269.
2009 Zhou, Y., and J.M. Shepherd, 2009:  Atlanta’s urban heat island under extreme heat conditions. Natural Hazards. 10.1007/s11069-009-9406-z, 30 pp.
2009 Lacke, M., T.L. Mote, and J.M. Shepherd, 2009: Aerosols and Associated Precipitation Patterns in Atlanta, Atmospheric Environment. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.04.022.
2009 Durkee, J. D., T. L. Mote, and J. M. Shepherd, 2009: The contribution of mesoscale convective complexes to rainfall across subtropical South America. Journal of Climate. 22, 4590-4605.
2009 Chang, H. D. Niyogi, A. Kumar,  C. Kishtawal, J. Dudhia, F. Chen, U.C. Mohanty, and  J.M. Shepherd, 2009: Possible relation between land surface feedback and the post-landfall structure of monsoon depression. Geophysical Research Letters (Accepted).
2008 Shepherd, J.M., and T. Knutson, 2008: Teaching and learning guide for: The current debate on the linkage between global warming and hurricanes. Geography Compass. Vol. 2. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00120.x.
2008 Shem, W,  and J.M. Shepherd, 2008:  On the impact of urbanization on summertime thunderstorms in Atlanta:  Two numerical model case studies. Atmospheric Research. 92, 172-189.
2008 Jin, M., and J.M. Shepherd, 2008:  Aerosol relationships to warm season clouds and rainfall at monthly scales over east China: Urban land versus ocean. J. Geophys. Res. 113, D24S90, doi:10.1029/2008JD010276.
2008 Grundstein, A., S.E. Sarnat, M. Klein, J.M. Shepherd, L. Naeher, T. Mote, and P. Tolbert, 2008: Thunderstorm-associated asthma in Atlanta, Georgia. Thorax. doi:10.1136/thx.2007.092882 63;659-660. 
2007 Shepherd, J.M., and T. Knutson, 2007: The current debate on the linkage between global 
warming and hurricanes. Geography Compass. 1 (1). 1–24. doi:10.1111/j.1749-8198.2006.00002.x. Note: This paper has consistently been in the top 10 viewed papers online for this journal according to publisher.
2007 Shepherd, J. M., A. Grundstein, and T. L. Mote, 2007:  Quantifying the contribution of tropical cyclones to extreme rainfall along the coastal southeastern United States. Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L23810, doi:10.1029/2007GL031694. Note: Funding sponsor, NASA, issued a press release on this paper.
2007 Jin, M., M. Shepherd, and C. Peters-Lidard, 2007: Development of a parameterization for simulating the urban temperature hazard using satellite observations in a climate model. Nat. Hazards. doi 10.1007/s11069-007-9117-2.
2007 Mote, T.L., M.C. Lacke, and J.M. Shepherd, 2007: Radar signatures of the urban effect on precipitation distribution:  A case study for Atlanta, Georgia. Geophysical Research Letters. 34. L20710, doi:10.1029/2007GL031903.
2006 **Shepherd, J.M., 2006:  Evidence of urban-induced precipitation variability in arid climate regimes. Journal of Arid Environments. 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2006.03.022.  Note: UGA and NASA issued a press release on this paper. 
2006 Elaine M. Prins, Christopher S. Velden, Jeffrey D. Hawkins, F. Joseph Turk, Jaime M. Daniels, Gerald J. Dittberner, Kenneth Holmlund, Robbie E. Hood, Arlene G. Laing, Shaima L. Nasiri, Jeffery J. Puschell, M. Shepherd, and John V. Zapotocny, 2006: 13th AMS Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 87, 633–637.
2005 Shepherd, J.M., 2005: A review of current investigations of urban-induced rainfall and recommendations for the future. Earth Interactions. Vol. 9. No. 12, 1–27. 
2005 Burian, S.J. and J. M. Shepherd, 2005:  Effects of urbanization on the diurnal rainfall pattern in Houston. Hydrological Processes: Special Issue on Rainfall and Hydrological Processes. 19, 1089-1103.
2005 Jin, M., M. Shepherd, and M. D. King, 2005: Urban aerosols and their variations with clouds and rainfall: A case study for New York and Houston. J. Geophys. Res. 110, D10S20, doi:10.1029/2004JD005081. 
2005 Jin, M., and M. Shepherd, 2005: Inclusion of urban landscape in a climate model: How Can Satellite Data Help? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Vol. 86. No. 5, 681–689.
2004 Shepherd, J.M., and M. Jin, 2004: Linkages between the urban environment and Earth’s climate 
system. EOS. 85, 227-228.
2004 Shepherd, J.M., L. Taylor, and C. Garza, 2004: A dynamic multi-criteria technique for siting 
NASA-Clark Atlanta rain gauge network. J. of Atm. and Oceanic Technology. 21, 1346-1363.
2004 Shepherd, J.M., 2004: "A reply to Diem et al.'s commentary on A recent literature contribution focused on urban-induced rainfall in Atlanta."  J. of Appl. Meteor. Vol.  43. 951-957.
2003 **Shepherd, J.M., and S.J. Burian, 2003:  Detection of urban-induced rainfall anomalies in a major coastal city. Earth Interactions. 7, 1-14. Note: Paper was featured in August 2003 edition of Time magazine.
2002 **Shepherd, J.M., Harold Pierce, and A. J. Negri, 2002:  On rainfall modification by major urban areas:  Observations from space-borne radar on TRMM. Journal of Applied Meteorology. 41, 689-701. 
2001 Shepherd, J.M., Brad S. Ferrier, and Peter S. Ray, 2001:  Rainfall morphology in Florida convergence zones:  A numerical study. Monthly Weather Review. 129, 177-197.
2001 Michaels, M. J.M. Shepherd, S. Aberson, K. Murphy, and H. Friedman, 2001:  Survey results of society membership:  The face of our profession at the threshold of the new millennium. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Bull. of  Amer. Meteo. Soc. 82, 1331-1352.
1996 G.M. Heymsfield, I,J. Caylor, J.M. Shepherd, and W.B. Olson, 1996:  Structure of Florida Thunderstorms Using High-Altitude Aircraft Radiometer and Radar Observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology. 35, 1736-1762.
Bulletins or Reports
2011 Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces (including J.M. Shepherd), 2011:  National security implications of climate change for U.S. Naval Forces, Naval Studies Board, National Research Council, The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. 
2008 Mitra, C., J.M. Shepherd, and T. Jordan, 2008:  The dynamics of urban growth in Kolkata, India and Potential impacts on pre-monsoon precipitation. Urban Climate News:  Quarterly Newsletter of  IAUC (International Association of Urban Climate).  (Issue 28, Page 11). Available at 
2002 Shepherd, J.M., and E.A. Smith, 2002: Bridging from TRMM to GPM to 3-Hourly Precipitation Estimates. NASA Technical Memorandum-2002-211602-GPM Report 7. Available at NASA/GSFC, 1-7.
2002 Shepherd, J.M. and AV. Mehta, 2002: Summary of First GPM Partners Planning Workshop. NASA Conference Publication-2002-210012-GPM Report 1, Available at NASA/GSFC. 1-37.
1993 Paxton, C. and J.M. Shepherd, 1993: NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-149 Radar diagnostic parameters as indicators of severe weather in Central Florida.  Scientific Services Division-Southern Region, June. 11 pp.
Abstracts/Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
2009 Shepherd, J.M., and T.L. Mote, 2009:  Urban effects on rainfall variability:  Potential implications for Georgia’s water supply. Proceedings of the 2009 Georgia Water Resources Conference. 6 pp. 
2004 Burian, S.J., P. Hooshialsadat, S. Reynolds, and J.M. Shepherd, 2004:  “Effect of cities on rainfall and the implications for drainage design.” Critical Transitions in Water and Environmental Resources Management. Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress. Edited by G. Sehlke, D.F. Hayes, D.K. Stevens. ASCE. New York, NY. 
Book Reviews
2013 Review of 2 Kid’s Hurricane Books on Katrina and Sandy
2011 Review of Global Climate Change Book by David Kitchen
2010 Review of Understanding Weather and Climate, 5th Edition. Aguado and Burt (June 2010).
Submitted But Not Yet Accepted
2011 Han, W., Burian, S.J., and Shepherd, J.M. (2011b). “Investigation of factors influencing rainfall-
runoff process in global runoff models.” Journal of Hydrology (under review).
2011 Han, W., Burian, S.J., and Shepherd, J.M. (2011c). “Introducing a land surface slope correction factor into a global runoff model.” Journal of Hydrology (under review).
Other Publications
2014 Shepherd, J.M., 2013:  Reflecting on MLK's Legacy Through the Lens of Weather and Climate. 
Washington Post Capital Weather Gang. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/01/17/reflecting-on-mlks-legacy-through-the-lens-of-weather-and-climate/
2013 Shepherd, J.M., T. Yager, J. Porter, and J. Mohan, 2013: Zombie theories and climate change. Opinion Editorial. Athens Banner Herald. http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2013-01-29/spotlight-zombie-theories-and-climate-change
2012 Shepherd, J.M., 2012, and J. Knox, 2012: Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change. Project Syndicate. Opinion Editorial. Syndicated to over 100 news outlets worldwide. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/hurricane-sandy-and-climate-change-by-j--m--shepherd-and-john-knox
2012 Shepherd, J.M., 2012, and J. Knox, 2012: Hurricane Sandy and the waning finances of U.S. Meteorology. Atlanta Journal Constitution Political Insider Blog. Opinion Editorial. http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/10/28/hurricane-sandy-and-the-waning-finances-of-u-s-meteorology/
2012 Shepherd, J.M, 2012, and J. Trostel, 2012: Extreme weather and climate change: Caution required but not reckless statements. Washington Post Capital Weather Gang. Special Commentary. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/extreme-weather-and-climate-change-caution-required-but-not-reckless-statements/2012/08/02/gJQAQjcjRX_blog.html
2012 Shepherd, J.M., 2012:  Tampa Bay area and Climate Change: Better Pay Attention. Tampa Tribune Opinion Editorial. http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/aug/19/vwopino1-the-tampa-bay-area-and-climate-change-bet-ar-467390/
2012 Shepherd, J. M. and Stother, 2012:  NSF Coweeta Sponsored work featured in the Franklin Press via the 
Coweeta Listening Project. http://listening.coweeta.uga.edu/articles/ring_of_asphalt_and_climate_change
2010 Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education. 2010.Transitions and Tipping Points in 
Complex Environmental Systems. A Report by the NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education. 56 pp.
2009 Shepherd, J.M., 2009: Urbanization. Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather, 2nd Edition. Ed. Stephen Schneider, Oxford University Press (Accepted).
2009 Shepherd, J.M., 2009:  Atmospheric Remote Sensing. Encyclopedia of Geography. Ed. Barney Warf, Sage Reference (Accepted).
2008 Shepherd, J.M. with contributions from T.L. Mote, September 2008: Op-Ed on Hurricane Season: Warming Revs Into Action. Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
2007 Shepherd, J.M., 2007: Contributor to article on Hole Punch Clouds. National Geographic (West Edition), September Issue.
2006 Shepherd, J.M., June 11th, 2006: Op-Ed on Hurricanes and Global Warming, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
2005 Shepherd, J.M., 2005:  “Can Cities Make Rain?” Weatherwise magazine.  Volume 58. No. 5 (September/October Issue).
2003 Shepherd, J.M., D. Herring, J. Halverson, R. Gutro, and G. Huffman, 2003:  "The Big Picture.” Weatherwise, Vol. 56, No. 1 (Jan./Feb Issue). 
2003 Birk, R., D. Steitz, and J. M. Shepherd: 2003: Earth Observation Summit. Earth Observation Magazine. Vol. 12.
1999 Shepherd, J.M., 1999:  Rainfall morphology in semi-tropical convergence zones. Submitted in partial fulfillment (May 1999) of a  Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. 130 pp.
1992 Shepherd, J.M., 1992: A radar reflectivity-based algorithm for tropical cyclone location.  Submitted and accepted on Nov. 24th, 1992 in partial fulfillment of a Master's Degree in Meteorology at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fl. 32306.

Graduate Students


KC, Binita


Schroeder, Amanda


Williams, Marcus


Debbage, Neil

Research Assistant

Research Interests

Urban Climatology, GIS, Spatial Metrics, Remote Sensing


Johnson, Brad


Nichols, Amy


Strother, Christopher


Research Interests

Passive and active remote sensing for human and environmental applications.